Ontario Culture Days announces Halton as festival hub this fall

Hubs selected based on ‘outstanding community support’ and number of free activities

Ontario Culture Days has announced the 13 Ontario communities selected to be official 2024 Festival Hubs in the fall, and Halton has made the list.

The festival will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 13 across Ontario.

The Festival Hubs serve as local community leads for Ontario Culture Days, helping visitors to find events and learn more about the festival, organizers said in a news release.

If you’re searching for a creative community to visit this fall, look no further than our Festival Hubs,” said Ruth Burns, executive director of Ontario Culture Days.

We are thrilled to announce our 2024 Festival Hubs from towns and cities across Ontario. Festival Hubs provide on-the-ground representation and help get the word out about the hundreds of community events that will happen in their communities this September.”

The festival said the hubs are strategically positioned in cities and towns across the province. The hubs serve as focal points for visitors to discover local events and gain insights into the diverse cultures of the areas.

HERE’S THE FULL LIST:

Brant: Home to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, this mostly-rural region invites outdoor adventures and cultural exploration.

Partner: County of Brant

Gananoque & 1000 Islands: Once known as Manitouana (“Garden of the Great Spirit”) by the Haudenosaunee, this region on the St. Lawrence River is a year-round destination.

Partner: Gananoque Arts Network

Guelph: Guelph, known as The Royal City and nestled between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers in Southwestern Ontario, is famed for world-class arts festivals.

Partner: City of Guelph

Halton: Perched against the Niagara Escarpment, Halton captivates with its stunning landscapes and historic villages, providing a haven for the artists that live there.

Partners: Town of Oakville, Arts Milton, City of Burlington

Manitoulin Island: Manitoulin Island, “Spirit Island” is a unique geographic feature that lies within the Great Lakes, and an arts and culture hub in Northeastern Ontario.

Partner: 4elements Living Arts

Ottawa Region: Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, offers impressive museums, galleries, and a wealth of festivals and cultural events. Nearby, Prescott and Russell offer charming rural landscapes and a burgeoning local culture and art scene.

Partner: Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council

Sault Ste. Marie

“Bawating” as named by the Ojibwe people, is a gateway to the further-north, and a vibrant hub for arts and culture in Northern Ontario.

Partner: Art Gallery of Algoma

Scugog: Scugog, a township bordering its eponymous lake, is a creative hub northeast of Toronto, featuring artisan workshops and performances for the perfect creative getaway.

Partner: Scugog Arts

St. Catharines & Niagara Region: The St. Catharines and Niagara region, bustling since the 1820s, has transformed into a thriving arts hub hosting several prominent arts destinations.

Partner: City of St. Catharines

Thunder Bay: Stunning landscape meets unique history in Thunder Bay. Situated on Lake Superior, the city is rich with history, artists, and landmark institutions.

Partner: City of Thunder Bay

Toronto: In Toronto, diverse neighbourhoods and an iconic skyline set the stage for city-wide arts events that showcase community spirit.

Partner: Urbanspace, Queen West Art Crawl

Vaughan: Vaughan is a creative urban city that uniquely integrates art into its public realm, making art accessible to all.

Partner: City of Vaughan

Windsor: The Windsor-Essex Region, a gateway to Ontario that borders the Detroit River, is a vibrant arts hub with historical ties to the Underground Railroad.

Partner: Arts Council Windsor & Region

Ontario Culture Days 2024 will take place between Sept. 20 to Oct. 13.

Individuals, groups, and organizations can showcase their creativity and connect with their communities by hosting arts, culture, and heritage events across the province.

Start planning your events now – registration opens in the spring.

For more information, visit onculturedays.ca.

By HaltonHillsToday Staff

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